It’s only a matter of time before your lawn is invaded by a variety of pests. With spring quickly approaching, those unwelcome guests could be grubs. What exactly are grubs? Although they look harmless they can wreak untold amounts of havoc, especially when it comes to lawn damage.
The Grass is Dead
Here at the halfway point of February, temperatures are starting to get better. Even though the mornings and evenings are going to be brisk, you can tell that the grass is starting to regenerate after hibernating all winter. That said, you shouldn’t see any dead grass. If you notice this sign of lawn damage, then it is highly likely that grubs are to blame. Sod and turf are both hardy specimens and can survive bad weather, but pests are their downfall. Since spring planting season is almost here, it’s time to think about the best ways to defend your lawn and garden from attack. Grubs enjoy munching on the roots, depriving the blades of the nutrients they need. Brown grass is, pardon the pun, a dead giveaway. Despite how much moisture your lawn receives, if it never grows, it’s because of these parasites.
You See Beetles and Other Invaders
Grubs aren’t the only sources of lawn damage, though. Beetles and other invaders can make your grass shrivel up and not look as lush and green as you wanted it to be. Grubs are only larvae, and at some point, they will mature. This maturation means that various species of beetle will begin to flourish, especially as we approach spring and summer. Beetles will eventually lay eggs once their mating season has ended, which continues the cyclical battle against lawn damage.
Birds and rodents will also start to show up out of the blue and hang around. That’s because they feast on the grubs, and even though you might think of them as natural selection’s pest control, this isn’t the case – these unruly guests leave more damage behind after treating your lawn like a hotel room.
You’ve Used the Carpet-Roll Method
Finally, let’s suppose that you have used the carpet-roll method on the sod around your lawn and landscape. Poke around in the soil and lift up the grass that you think might be infested. If the grass rolls up without much resistance, then this is another sign of lawn damage. Grubs live underground and will weaken the roots the longer they are left alone to feed and reproduce.
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